After a quick lunch we were off to an NGO called The Sold Project. An organization dedicated to helping prevent children from entering the prostitution industry. We learned about what a typical day at the center was like, and what services they offer, such as mentoring, education for children on a variety of topics and providing scholarships for children to attend school. They are also involved with each child in their home life and offer a safe, fun place for the children to hang out at after school. I was moved by their passion for helping children - it is clearly a wonderful organization.
We made it to the Golden Triangle! Had my first view of the Mekong River and bordering countries! We stopped by a temple, settled into our hotel and made our way by boat to Laos, for a quick visit to a market. There was no official border to pass, so although I can say I have technically been to Laos, I do not have a stamp in my passport. I hope to make a trip back to Laos before I leave though. I do have a stamp in my passport from Burma, also known as Myanmar. I crossed for about two hours, to visit a few breathtaking temples and to get a new visa stamp. Burma surprisingly had a different feel from Thailand even though I was only a few minutes away. In my classes we have been learning about the history of Burma, the Saffron Revolution and how Burma is beginning to open up to relationships around the world. It would be incredible to visit Yangoon and the temples in Burma. I really enjoyed the Mekong River, and we learned about the dams scheduled to be built (mostly by China, who is not apart of the Mekong River Commission) and the impact dams have on the river ecology as well as the local economies who depend on a healthy Mekong. It is truly a beautiful area and I hope to visit again before I leave Southeast Asia!
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